Harborfest & Maritime Festival Return

Celebrations of the twin ports on the Twin Forks are returning this September to Sag Harbor and Greenport.


Sag Harbor’s Harborfest will be held the weekend of Sept. 10 & 11, kicking off the evening of Friday, Sept. 9 with a celebration of the music of Bob Dylan at Bay Street Theater with The Complete Unknowns at 8 p.m., along with a second show on Saturday at 8 p.m. 

Throughout the weekend there will be live music; kids activities; food, drink and craft vendors, whaleboat racing all afternoon both Saturday and Sunday at Windmill Beach, and the annual Clam Chowder Contest on Sunday at noon, corn-shucking contests for kids at 1 p.m. both days and kids tug-o-war contests at 11 a.m. both days.

There will also be book readings and historical exhibitions throughout the village all weekend. 

Highlights include the new book launch of “Trash Talk” by Dr. Patricia Turner on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Eastville Historical Society, and a discussion with John Steinbeck expert Susan Shillinglaw about “Travels With Charley” on Saturday at 5 p.m. at The Church.

A full schedule of events is online at sagharborchamber.com/events/harborfest.

Maritime Festival

In Greenport on the weekend of Sept. 24 & 25, the East End Seaport Museum will hold its 33rd annual Maritiime Festival.

The events kick off Friday evening, Sept. 23, with the Land & Sea Gala to benefit the museum at the Greenport Yacht & Shipbuilding Company at 201 Carpenter Street. VIP early access begins at 5:30 p.m. and the gala begins at 6:30 p.m. 

Events run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, kicking off with a parade from Broad & Main Streets to Front & Third streets at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Throughout the weekend there will be food, drink and craft vendors throughout the village; children’s games in Mitchell Park, cruises to Bug Lighthouse and Coast Guard demonstrations. There will be kayak races on Saturday (registration begins at 2 p.m. and the races begin at 3 p.m.), and kids snapper fishing contests for up to age 16 beginning at 1 p.m. on Sunday. 

A full schedule of events is online at eastendseaport.org/about-the-festival

Beth Young

Beth Young built her first boat out of driftwood tied together with phragmites behind her family’s apartment above the old Mill Creek Inn in Southold. Nowadays, she spends most of her time kayaking, learning about shellfish, writing newspaper stories, trying to sail a Sunfish, and watching the way the bay changes from day to day. You can send her a message at beth@peconicbathtub.com

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